Deadline for Financial Gifts to Presbytery

We are thankful for our covenant that is affirmed by your faithful, prayerful, and financial support of the Presbytery of the James and its ministry. As the year-end approaches, undesignated income totals $559,442.57 through November. We rejoice in your faithful giving support, especially during an unprecedented pandemic. The budgeted request for 2020, growing out of

COVID-19 Guidance Updates

Message from the Interim General Presbyter Updated December 15, 2020 per Executive Order 72 Grace to you and peace in the name of Jesus Christ! Many of you are asking what churches should do in the face of this new surge in the coronavirus. The Communications and Coordination Team and I have this guidance to

November Called Meeting Materials and Instructions

At the stated meeting on October 17, Moderator Leigh Anne Ring called a meeting of the presbytery for Saturday, November 21, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will include the following business: reports by Dismantling Racism Ministry and Strategic Planning Team, committee nominations, an examination for ordination, and a commissioning of two ruling elders to

106th Stated Meeting Highlights

When I was a child, we sang a sweet song: The more we get together, together, together     The more we get together, the happier we’ll be ‘Cause your friends are my friends     And my friends are your friends. The more we get together,     The happier we’ll be. In our “zooming” from one

Black Caucus Cultivates Conversations on Racial Reconciliation

Encouraging diverse groups to exist together in Christ is the objective of a series of virtual dialogues hosted by the presbytery’s Black Caucus. At the first session on September 24, more than 40 participants came together to explore America’s racial divide by sharing their experiences and learning from each other. Participants represented churches within our

October Stated Meeting Materials and Instructions

Because of the continued need due to the Covid-19 pandemic to avoid large gatherings, the leadership of the presbytery of the James (POJ) will hold the Presbytery meeting on October 17 virtually. This memo outlines the plans that have been developed and the steps that you and your church’s Commissioners should pursue to become fully

Support Ministers and Educators in Need by Giving to Pastoral Care Fund

POJ’s Pastoral Care Fund provides emergency financial assistance to active and retired ministers of the Word and Sacrament and certified Christian educators. The Committee on Ministry (COM) makes confidential disbursements from the fund to those with demonstrated need. In normal circumstances, the fund is replenished by offerings received at ordination and installation services of candidates

Building God’s House of Peace

Many congregations in the Presbytery of the James receive the Peace and Global Justice Offering on World Communion Sunday. This year World Communion Sunday, October 4, will look different for many of you. Our congregations are connecting by Zoom or limited in-person worship services, drive-thru communion or no communion at this time. However, we can

Help Voices of Jubilee Support Incarcerated Youth

Create healing and hope for incarcerated youth around Virginia with Voices of Jubilee. Since March, these youth have been without classes, visits from family, and enrichment activities. Voices of Jubilee is creating school kits and Christmas boxes for the youth and invites churches to contribute. Needed items include: composition books (not spiral) men’s large crew socks